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Emma Ormsby


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou


Westlake Girls' High School




Mana Tūpuna


Chicken wire, plaster strips, paper mache, gib plaster, paint.


The inspiration for this piece was my grandfather. He has been someone in my life who I have admired since I was young. It was my grandfather that sparked an interest in my Māori culture, as I have grown up in the Pākeha world. I have chosen to explore a story he once told me about how he was unable to issue a book from the library because of his Māori whakapapa. This is something that struck a chord with me and an aspect which I wanted to investigate. This is the finale to my portfolio, celebrating the progress we as society have made. It acknowledges the struggles of the past and hopes for a better future. The korowai which clothes the figure represents the mountains which we have overcome and how our past gives us mana rather than something that drags us down.

Te Ruru dedicates his piece to Tame (Tuakana) and Shontay (Teina).

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